The Senate Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation into the actions of former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch during last year’s FBI criminal investigation into then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server to handle highly classified intelligence information.
As reported by the Washington Times, the panel, led by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, its chairman, wants to know more about her efforts to shape or otherwise influence the investigation.
Critics have said Lynch’s actions were tantamount to ensuring that Clinton — who then-FBI Director James Comey said during a July 5, 2016, press conference had committed numerous violations of the law governing the handling of classified material — was not held accountable for her actions so she would still be free to pursue the White House.
The Times noted:
In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”
In public testimony Comey, who was fired in May by President Donald J. Trump after receiving a memo from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein that the Justice Department had lost confidence in him over his own behavior in the Clinton probe, said that Lynch attempted to instruct him on how to discuss the Democratic nominee’s investigation. At one point he hinted that she had engaged in other behavior “which I cannot talk about yet” that caused him to become concerned about Lynch’s impartiality.
Comey added that was one of the reasons he decided to go public with the FBI’s findings regarding Clinton in that July presser, which ran counter to Justice Department and FBI usual operating procedures.
The Judiciary Committee’s decision to examine Lynch’s role in the Clinton probe comes as the panel is already examining Trump’s firing of Comey, the Times noted.
Grassley has said that the Lynch investigation is being conducted in a bipartisan manner. The Lynch letter was also signed by ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as well as Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and ranking member of the key investigative subcommittee that will handle much of the probe.
In addition, the committee sent letters to Amanda Renteria, a Clinton campaign staff member, as well as Leonard Benardo and Gail Scovell of the Open Society Foundations, which were founded by Left-wing billionaire and global socialist meddler George Soros.
Bernardo, the Times reported, may have been on an email chain from the head of the Democratic National Committee at the time, reportedly offering assurances to Renteria that the Clinton investigation wouldn’t “go too far.”
Earlier this month at a highly-anticipated hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey told members that Lynch tried at one point to get him to alter the manner in which his agency described the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server. The requested change appeared to fall right in line with the Clinton campaign’s narrative. (Realted: COVER UP: Did Susan Rice’s records get moved to the Obama prez library to avoid having them released to public?)
“At one point, [Lynch] directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said on June 8. “That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly.”
Many Americans don’t believe he did. After laying out the case against Clinton, Comey then incredibly claimed that the FBI couldn’t find any “intent” that she wanted to commit a crime (which is NOT a requirement to charge someone with violations of national security statutes, and despite the fact that she went out of her way to purposely buy and set up her own private email server, secretly). Comey also claimed that “no reasonable prosecutor” would chose to prosecute Clinton, which was not an FBI director’s decision to make.
Critics have also questioned Lynch’s decision to take an impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an Arizona airport tarmac at the peak of the investigation into his wife. Some believe that Lynch told the former president then that Hillary would not be charged.
Comey made that official just a few days later.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.